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    Shires makes all their parts in their...

    Shires makes all their parts in their Massachusetts factory, and are even moving silver plating in-house. The Q series are assembled at Eastman, and the custom series are 100-percent Massachusetts....
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    Chuck Kerrigan, the head of low brass at Eastman,...

    Chuck Kerrigan, the head of low brass at Eastman, is one of the most knowledgeable people I've ever met on the subject of euphoniums and (especially) tubas, particularly with regards to manufacturing...
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    It might have been discussed before, but Eastman...

    It might have been discussed before, but Eastman instruments are certainly not Jinbao, as the company (Eastman) owns its own factories.
  4. I asked Joe about that once about three years...

    I asked Joe about that once about three years ago, and while I don't recall the exact reasoning behind not attending conferences, it is definitely a conscious decision not to. Something about...
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    From what I understand, Warburton is a pretty...

    From what I understand, Warburton is a pretty small company with a very small staff, and they have a large volume of orders/business, and they were likely affected by the recent hurricane as well....
  6. The Planets - What's your favorite recording?

    Title pretty much says it all. I'm currently working my way through all of the offerings that Spotify has for recordings of the Planets - for both research and for my own amusement - and I'm finding...
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    Switching between mouthpieces

    We all know that trumpet players tend to hoard mouthpieces like a dragon with gold, and they also tend to have dedicated mouthpieces for different settings/styles/ensembles/etc., etc. The same...
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    Speaking of the Besson Prestige, I'm curious how...

    Speaking of the Besson Prestige, I'm curious how much truth there is to the rumor that Besson sends their "weaker" examples of their instruments to the US market. A friend of mine purchased one of...
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    One thing I'd do is listen to recordings of the...

    One thing I'd do is listen to recordings of the greats - Black Dyke, Grimethorpe, Cory, Brighouse, etc., to get a sense of the differences in style between brass band and concert band.

    For...
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    Brass Band megathread

    Dave - please let me know if this is an ok place to put this.

    I was inspired to make this thread because so many members of this forum either play in one or more brass bands or are generally just...
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    The way this thread has turned has made me think...

    The way this thread has turned has made me think a "brass band" thread somewhere in the forum where we can talk about which bands we all play with, share performances, and generally nerd out on brass...
  12. Eastman is a little different from typical...

    Eastman is a little different from typical "stencil" brands because although they do produce their instruments in China, the factories are owned by Eastman themselves, and they do a LOT of R&D on...
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    Traditions can certainly be tough to break. I...

    Traditions can certainly be tough to break. I think it would be hugely beneficial for the markets outside the United States for ITEC to be held somewhere in Europe/UK in the next few years. Having an...
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    As a player AND a dealer, my two biggest criteria...

    As a player AND a dealer, my two biggest criteria for picking a horn (for myself and for someone trying out instruments in the shop) are:

    1. What gets the sound YOU are looking for?
    2. What is...
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    Those look EXTREMELY similar to the custom...

    Those look EXTREMELY similar to the custom buttons that Martin Wilk offers. (Here's his website)
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    If the Eb doesn't work out, I would also...

    If the Eb doesn't work out, I would also recommend looking at a 4/4 BBb with piston valves like the Eastman EBB534, Wessex "Dragon," or something similar. In my experience, playing tuba doesn't do...
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    Do you mean ergonomics or just weight? In my...

    Do you mean ergonomics or just weight? In my experience, the Shires "feels" smaller/more compact in the hands than even an Adams E1, which is certainly a "lighter" horn. I could honestly see how...
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    I've been spending a lot of time with the Shires...

    I've been spending a lot of time with the Shires Custom Solo ever since I brought it back from Midwest, and I just really love it.
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    Customized Adams E1 w/ Sterling Leadpipe

    SOLD

    Hi all, I've decided to rehome my custom Adams E1 to make some room in my house and my wallet. Thought it would be my "forever" horn, but I have found something that ultimately works better...
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    Messy note fronts/transitions

    I've been dealing with something extremely frustrating in my playing lately and was wondering if anyone else here had experienced anything similar. I'm not sure when exactly it started, but fairly...
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    Hardshell fiberglass cases

    Working for a music retailer has gotten me jealous of string players and their cool, colorful hard cases. Does anyone on here have any experience with cases like that for euphonium?

    The closest I...
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    Where are you located?

    Where are you located?
  23. Tuba & Euphonium Day at Paige's Music March 12, 2022

    My shop, Paige's Music in Indianapolis, is holding its first annual Tuba & Euphonium Day this Saturday, sponsored by Eastman/Shires. We have two guests for this event - Hiram Diaz and Chris Olka -...
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    I added photos of the other side of the horn,...

    I added photos of the other side of the horn, showing the handgrip, and a shot of the way that's most comfortable for *me* ergonomically to hold it in my left hand - my hand is more "spread" instead...
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    Hey Guido - I'm honestly not sure if I can post...

    Hey Guido - I'm honestly not sure if I can post the actual price online publicly or not, as the prices for the Bravo line aren't published, and the instruments are only available to dealers who buy...
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